Project Management

Valuable Lessons From Our New Way of Working

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Yasmina Khelifi is a French project manager with three PMI certifications. She has been working in an international environment for 20 years. She is a passionate volunteer at PMI and Professional Women’s Network. She is also a regular volunteer blogger on ProjectManagement.com. She is the host and founder of the podcast “Global Leaders Talk with Yasmina Khelifi."

During this unprecedentedly difficult time for humankind, we’re going through liminal experiences. Initially, this is a term to design the transitional phase experienced by a person during a rite of passage.

On a personal note, I’ve benefited from optimal conditions: I enjoy working entirely remotely, I’m not new to the team, I forged strong relationships with the project team before the pandemic, and I am able to meet the technological demands of this new way of working.

We tend to take it for granted, but if the “new normal” is more virtual (or hybrid), the minimum viable product (MVP) of our home office relies heavily on new and good technology like a high-speed internet connection, a good camera (preferably external) and a good headset—not to mention steady access to electricity and a tidy place to be seen online (although most of the software blurs the background for privacy). Beyond that, I’ve identified five patterns of the “new normal” as we adapt to a modern way of working:

1. Taking advantage of the virtual environment
It seems so quaint now: Remember the days when we travelled on a one-day business trip for a two-hour meeting? Then suddenly, business trips—which brought people close together and were sometimes a symbol of certain privileges and social status at work—were cancelled …


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